Bridge Scene: Update your library

In the July 2010 American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) bulletin which all members of the ACBL receive, was an article by Larry Cohen titled “Conventional Makeover,” in which Cohen describes Oswald Jacoby’s 2NT convention and offers a newer interpretation of the system. Cohen emphasizes how important it is to not use this convention if you are a passed hand, or if there is any interference in the bidding by the opponents.

Cohen goes on to describe his modified Jacoby 2NT method and goes on to say if you can persevere through the extensive description his new interpretation provides, the bid still shows a 4 card fit but offers many other options.

The change in meaning that he recommends needs a great deal of partnership understanding and a good partnership should endeavour to keep its game fresh, but each player must work to put the new method into their game or misunderstandings will result.

Cohen demonstrates that this game of bridge is not stagnant. New conventions and uses of older understandings keep the game and players on their toes.

New bridge books are always presenting new ideas for the avid bridge player to adopt. An interesting book for your teenage child is “The Cardturner,” by Louis Sachar. Apparently it holds the reader’s interest and also interests him or her in learning the game of bridge. offers the book in hard cover, used or new and on Amazon you can find extensive selections of new bridge books to purchase for your own improvement.

Your old Goren books are out of date and although his principles still hold, many of his bids have changed or are no longer used in today’s competitive game. Our local library is full of out of date bridge books that people have donated, no doubt in good faith, but new players have little resource to learn the game. Granted, some bridge clubs have their own mixed libraries but many potential players do not come to the bridge clubs but rely on the library for information.

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